8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
Video: ‘First gay airline’ will fly to EuroGames in Budapest 35
11:50 AM — A 'gay airline' has been launched dedicated to delivering passengers to the EuroGames 2012 in Budapest.
4th May 2012
Sweden: Deportation nears for trans woman abused in native Russia 130
3:55 PM — Time is fast running out for a Russian trans woman who, it was reported recently in Pink News, fears being forced by Swedish authorities to return to Russia, where she expects to face violence and possible imprisonment at the hands of the authorities.
3rd May 2012
Belgium: Gay man’s death may be first to be classed as homophobic 16
4:49 PM — The death of Belgian man whose body was found this week may be the first to be treated as a homophobic killing under Belgium's new laws.
Denmark: Gay bar bans straight couples from kissing 144
12:33 PM — A gay bar in Copenhagen has confirmed it barred straight couples from kissing at the establishment.
Ireland ‘missed opportunity to protect LGBT employees’ in Seanad vote 17
12:15 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Ireland has expressed disappointment at the defeat of the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2012 in the Seanad yesterday.
25th April 2012
Russia: Father imprisoned gay teen son in rehab clinic after a witch failed to exorcise his homosexuality 27
1:06 PM — A teenager has escaped from a rehab clinic after his traditonalist father had him locked up and drugged after he came out to him aged 16. The boy's grandmother had previously used the services of a 'witch' to cure him of his homosexuality.
Germany: Gay golfers to return for eighth annual tournament later this year
10:10 AM — Europe’s largest gay and lesbian golf tournament, the German-Rainbow-Open, will return for an eighth year this September.
24th April 2012
Analysis: Sweden to deport trans woman assaulted and urinated on by Russian police 28
11:52 AM — As a Russian trans woman prepares to return to violence or worse if she is expelled from Sweden later this week, the latter country’s reputation as a less than welcoming place for the trans community is once more in the spotlight.
20th April 2012
Vatican criticises nuns’ focus on poverty over equal marriage opposition 55
2:49 PM — The Vatican has criticised a group of nuns for challenging settled doctrines and failing to speak out against equal marriage and abortion.
Row after Tory MEPs abstain from pro-LGBT amendment vote 55
12:14 PM — Labour MEPs have criticised Tories this week for abstaining from a vote at the European Parliament on an amendment strengthening LGBT protections, with Tories accusing them of 'grandstanding' in response.
19th April 2012
Prague’s second pride event announced 7
3:34 PM — Prague's second pride event will be held from 13 to 19 August 2012 on various attractive in the Czech Republic's capital.
Video: Turin’s gay film festival ad highlights unusual taboo 14
11:47 AM — The citizens of a progressive Italian town face the ultimate public taboo in the surprise ending to a video promoting the Turin GLBT film festival.
17th April 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy affirms view of family as ‘a mother and a father’ 62
3:05 PM — Incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has re-affirmed his opposition to marriage equality ahead of this weekend's elections in France.
16th April 2012
Court overrules police to give go-ahead to Budapest Pride 5
4:31 PM — A court in Budapest has reportedly overruled the police's decision not to grant a licence for the city's gay pride march.
Michael Cashman MEP meets Northern Cyprus leaders over anti-gay law 8
10:53 AM — Last week, openly gay MEP Michael Cashman met leaders and non-governmental organisations in the northern part of Cyprus, advocating for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
13th April 2012
Hungary: Fears over new ‘gay disorder’ bills 10
11:01 AM — Following similar developments in Russia, extreme-right parliamentarians in Hungary have tabled proposals to outlaw public discussions of homosexuality. In parallel, the Budapest police has rejected a request to hold the annual LGBT pride march in July 2012.
12th April 2012
Malta: Court hears details of assault on teenage lesbian couple 2
11:21 AM — Further details of an attack against a lesbian couple in the Maltese town of Hamrun emerged at a court hearing yesterday, with a defendant reportedly head-butting one of the girls.
11th April 2012
Irish minister to bring forward protections for gay teachers 5
4:23 PM — Statements made by Ireland's Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at yesterdays ASTI Conference in Cork of his intention to bar discrimination against gay people that may prevent them taking up employment as teachers have been welcomed.
Irish Student Union to campaign for marriage equality 7
2:34 PM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has voted to campaign in favour of equal rights for gay couples to marry and adopt in its latest Congress.